The ninth Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot competition held in Switzerland a week ago adjudged Midlands State University (MSU) as this year’s world winners in argument category.
The competition was held from June 18th – June 21st at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The MSU team comprised of Brian Tatenda Madziba (a final year student) and Conrad Melusi Clinton Nyathi (a fourth year student). The team defeated students from top law schools in the world including Yale University in the USA.
MSU stated that the team competed against the best law schools in the world including Oxford University and Yale law school from USA. The MSU team had scored an average of 89% which was more than that of the best law schools globally and hence, finished as number one in the argument category. It also means that the MSU is the world champions of 2017 edition of the competition in the said category.
This was the first time when a law school from Zimbabwe has attained such an achievement in the global arena.
Gift Manyatera, executive dean of law at MSU, expressed that the victory was a proof of the quality of legal education and learning which met the national, regional and international standards of the higher learning institutions. He said that such an achievement cannot be compared in the law school’s history. He also stated that it is the victory of the legal education in Zimbabwe.
In the heads of argument category, MSU were declared world champions, Yale Law School secured the second place, and the Czech Republic’s Charles University came third. The fourth position was secured by Malawi’s Chancellor College at the University of Malawi and India’s Jamia Millia Islamia came fifth.